BeyondTheBuzzer Brandon Jennings’ regular season debut with the Detroit Pistons will likely be delayed past opening night as he is expected to miss at least 3 weeks with an impacted wisdom tooth and hairline fracture in his jaw.
I feel for Brandon Jennings, not only because he will have to miss the start of his first season as a member of the Detroit Pistons, but because I had this same injury when I got my wisdom teeth pulled and it was pure torture.
I did not go under when I got my wisdom teeth pulled, I got local anesthetic and a drip in the arm which the oral surgeon called “jungle juice”. I remember nothing about the surgery, except afterwards the surgeon said they repeatedly had to ask me to stop talking, and that there was a hairline fracture where one of the teeth had been impacted. I assume I was singing like it was last call at a local bar during the surgery. I was told that the stitches would dissolve on their own, that I should be fine shortly as long as there are no complications, and was prescribed pain killers.
About a week later I started getting a painful double earache and ringing in my ears, which incapacitated me, and I had to head back to the oral surgeon. Turns out my wisdom teeth had not healed correctly, it was infected and bone was exposed. I had to go back in for a second surgery, which took longer than the first surgery to recuperate from, and was extremely painful.
I had just finished my junior year of college, so I spent a few days recovering, then returned to my summer job and the following weekend resumed my normal activities. Getting drunk and trying to get laid. Big mistake.
The point of the story is that that recovery from surgery on wisdom teeth is brutal, and I urge Jennings not to push himself to get back for the opener, because a lot can go wrong that can require a second (or even third) surgery that will make you regret pushing yourself.